What is the News?
According to government data, less than 7% of public buses in the country are fully accessible to PwDs as of December 2020.
Target under Accessible India Campaign for Public Buses:
- Under the Accessible India Campaign, the deadline for making at least 25% of public buses fully accessible was March 2018. However, the deadline had been pushed forward to June 2022.
How much has been achieved so far?
- Inter City Buses: 1 lakh intercity buses are operated by states. Only 0.2% are fully wheelchair accessible, 26% are partially accessible and 74% are not accessible.
- Buses Operating in Urban Areas: Of the 44,000 buses operating in urban areas, only 22% is fully wheelchair accessible, 33% is partially accessible and 44% is not accessible.
Accessible India Campaign(AIC):
- It is the nationwide flagship campaign. The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) launched it in 2015.
- Aim: It is aimed at making a barrier-free and conducive environment for Divyangjans (Persons with Disabilities – PwDs) all over the country.
Components under the campaign:
- Build Accessibility Environment: It aims to provide an accessible physical environment for everyone. For that, elimination of obstacles and barriers to indoor and outdoor facilities is required, including in schools, medical facilities, and workplaces.
- Transportation System Accessibility: It focuses on providing PwDs an equal rights. Rights include travel and use of public and private transportation infrastructure with dignity and independence.
- Information and Communication Eco-System Accessibility: It aims to eliminate all barriers linked to society and infrastructure, in the way of obtaining and utilizing information in daily life.
Key Targets under the Campaign:
- 50% of all the government buildings of National Capital and all the State capitals to be fully accessible buildings.
- 50% of railway stations in the country to be converted into fully accessible railway stations.
- Moreover, 25% of Government-owned public transport carriers in the country to be converted into fully accessible carriers.
- Conducting an accessibility audit of all the domestic airports and converting them into fully accessible airports.
- Ensure that at least 50% of all public documents issued by the Central Government and the State Governments meet accessibility standards.
- Ensuring that 25% of all public television programmes aired by the government are accessible to PwDs.
Source: The Hindu